Just earlier this month the first trial in the huge legal battle that is Dewayne Johnson vs. Monsanto occurred. This is the first of what might be thousands of suits to come in regards of Monsanto’s Roundup causing non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma.
Johnson was a pest control manager at a San Francisco Bay Area school district and thus used Roundup and other products of a similar variety for quite some time. He claims this caused his disease, which according to research, isn’t far from the truth. He is terminally ill at this point and sprayed large quantities of this product from a 50-gallon tank that was attached to his truck back when he was essentially a groundskeeper.
At one point he even mentioned a hose breaking and the product soaking his entire body. After reading into it, he contacted the company when he developed a rash but there was no cancer warning anywhere on the label. However, back in 2014, he was diagnosed with non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma. At this point, he was 42 years old.
Many have been very against the idea that this pesticide could cause cancer but if you have kept up with our articles you know there is a mounting body of research suggesting it can cause a wide range of cancers and health issues. When it comes to Glyphosate you won’t find much on it that shows it in a positive light. Monsanto has denied that it could be connected with cancer ever since it was first gaining popularity.
This trial is going to last about a month, so of course, you will be hearing more about it as time goes by. The outcome of this case will really either pave the way for others or deter them from trying to right the wrongs that have been done to them.
CBS News reported as follows:
If it loses this battle, Monsanto and its new corporate parent, German chemical giant Bayer, which closed its $60 billion acquisition earlier this month, could face billions in lost revenue. Monsanto doesn’t break out sales of glyphosate, Roundup delivered $4.8 billion in revenue in 2015. In its latest fiscal year, Monsanto cited higher global sales of glyphosate for helping lift total revenue by 8 percent.
The lawsuit in itself challenges Monsanto’s position and could really damage their profits in the long-run. It goes over how the company has known about the health risks and hidden dangers but has kept them hidden which is something the company would never want to have to admit. They would completely lose the trust of the public if this case goes a certain way.
The Guardian wrote as follows in regards to the content of the suit itself:
Monsanto “championed falsified data and attacked legitimate studies” that revealed dangers of its herbicides, and led a “prolonged campaign of misinformation” to convince government agencies, farmers, and consumers that Roundup was safe, according to Johnson’s lawsuit.
“We look forward to exposing how Monsanto hid the risk of cancer and polluted the science,” said Michael Miller, Johnson’s attorney. “Monsanto does not want the truth about Roundup and cancer to become public.”
Monsanto has fiercely denied the allegations, saying its products are not the cause of cancer. The IARC finding was wrong, according to Monsanto, as are studies finding glyphosate and glyphosate-based herbicides like Roundup to be potentially carcinogenic. Monsanto points to findings by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and other regulatory authorities as backing its defense.
“Glyphosate-based herbicides are supported by one of the most extensive worldwide human health and environmental effects databases ever compiled for a pesticide product,” Monsanto states on its website. “Comprehensive toxicological and environmental fate studies conducted over the last 40 years have time and again demonstrated the strong safety profile of this widely used herbicide.”
How do you want this lawsuit to go? I for one hope all of those who have truly been affected by some kind of health issue at the hands of Monsanto get the justice they deserve.
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